Q and A with Alexandre Imperatori

Q and A with Alexandre Imperatori

10.12.2007: Q and A with Alexandre Imperatori

Q: When was your last race this season?

A: I finished my season two weeks ago in the F3 Asian Championship and am second overall in the championship. The results prepared me for a high level challenge for next season in F3 Japan.


Q: How long have you been in China?

A: I settled here in Zhuhai when I was 17 and have been racing and living in the direct neighbourhood of the track. I can even understand Chinese pretty well now as its rare to meet someone in the shops here who can speak fluent English.


Q: What are your best and worst memories?

A: My best memory is my first win in a single seater on this Zhuhai track. My worst memory is competing in an eight-year-old car that was not mine in Beijing when customs had blocked my car on the way back from a race weekend in Malaysia.

The team had not managed to get my car back on time for the race: It was still impounded at customs Not racing with your own car is a bit like walking with shoes that are not the right size for you.


Q: What do you do during the off season?

A: I am a student at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne (EPFL) and working on a masters in engineering.


Q: What will you say to Neel Jani?

A: Trust your engineers and push in the last turn, which is the most technical but quick and blind. It is important to get the best line at the right moment to get out with minimum understeer and to keep the grip and the speed. It’s a lot of fun to drive.


Alexandre Imperatori biography

Alexandre Imperatori was born on 19 April 1987 in Chatel Saint Denis near Fribourg, Switzerland. He had his first taste of motorsport in karts at the age of four and started competing professionally in 1993. By 2002 he had won the French karting championship and was the best French driver in the European championship.

In 2003 Alexandre competed in Formula Campus, his first experience in a single seater, and his strong performances earned him a drive in Asian Formula Renault in 2004. That year he took his first win at Zhuhai and continued in the competitive series the following year when he also launched ARC, an organisation which provides driving instruction to European drivers in China.

Alexandre continued in Asian Formula Renault in 2006 winning the Chinese Formula Renault championship and finishing runner-up in the Asian series. He was runner-up again in 2007 and tested for the World Series while also taking on driving duties as rookie for A1 Team Switzerland in the A1 Grand Prix round at Zhuhai.

Alexandre Imperatori in brief:

Born on 19-04.1987 in Chatel Saint Denis near Fribourg (CH)
Size – 1.75
Weight – 65 kilos Eyes – blue Hair – blond
Blood - type 0
Family - not married
Hobbies – Mountain bike, computers
Favorite sports – Ski
Favourite music – every music
Favorite singer – Katie Melua
Favorite drink – water
Favorite Meal – swiss raclette
Speaks - English – French- German- Italian – Spanish - Chinese

Key dates for Alexandre Imperatori:

2007 - Asian Formula Renault
- Asian Formula Renault 1st Runner-up
- Tests in World Series with PONS, offered by Renault Sport
- A1GP Switzerland rookie driver at round 4 : Zhuhai
- Formula Renault 2.0 test driver for Llussia Racing in WEC and Euro

2006 - Asian Formula Renault
- China Formula Renault Champion
- Asian Formula Renault 1st Runner-up
- Tests in Japan F3 with ThreeBond Racing

2005 - Asian Formula Renault
- Launches ARC : provides driving instruction to european drivers in China.
- Driving instructor for MICHELIN PILOT EXPERIENCE events.

2004 - Asian Formula Renault
- 5th place at Shanghai F1 race (first formula car race).
- 1st place at Zhuhai circuit.
- 5th place at Macau circuit (Formula Renault World Cup).

2003 - Formula Campus
- Super finalist at "Volant Mygale" (first time ever in a formula car).

1993-2002 - Karting
- French champion and best french driver at the European championship
  (Junior cat.)
- 2nd at French National Trophy "des Constructeurs".
- 7th in Elf Masters of Paris Bercy.
- Champion of "Ligue Rhone-Alpes".
- Top10 in Spanish championship and 4th in the national German
  championship (Bambini)
- Starts karting at the age of 4.

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10.12.2007 / MaP

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